If you’re the Oregon Ducks right now, you have to happy with where your team is at. As one of the most well-rounded teams in college football, the Ducks have one of the most electric offenses in the nation. It seems like this team doesn’t miss Chip Kelly all that much with Mark Helfrich at the helm.
On the other side of the field, the California Golden Bears have one of the best young quarterbacks in college football as well as a 1-2 record after losses to two top Big Ten schools in Northwestern and Ohio State. The Bears are not yet ready to be one of the best teams in the Pac-12.
Oregon has a quarterback that is young, talented and one of the top at his position in the nation. Marcus Mariota has stirred up some Heisman conversation with his solid play through three games. It’s almost a shame we didn’t get to see him show off in week four as it was Oregon’s bye week. He has 889 yards and seven touchdowns through the air while rushing for another 262 yards and four scores. He might be the most electric player in the country. Don’t forget running back De’Anthony Thomas who has 338 yards and six touchdowns on the ground through three games — he could be one of the top-five running backs in the nation.
California, like I said earlier, has one of the best young quarterbacks in the nation. Jared Goff has completed just over 61 percent of his passes for 1,306 yards and seven touchdowns in three games. He is just a freshman and has a very bright future ahead of him. I wouldn’t be surprised if he turned this program around. Wide outs Chris Harper and Bryce Treggs have been there for Goff, catching 49 passes for 641 yards and four touchdowns combined.
Defensively, the Golden Bears have one of the worst units in college football. Ranking 121st nationally in points allowed per game, Cal is not going to win any championships with a poor defense. Oregon is one of the most balanced teams out there. They need to contain teams a bit more in the yards department, but the Ducks allow just nine points per game this season.
California will travel to Oregon to take on the Ducks at 10 p.m. EST on Saturday, Sept. 28. The game will be aired on the Pac-12 Network.
PREDICTION: Cal 13, Oregon 51